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I have a secret interest in the Twizy. I like the sort of 'anti-car' nature of it. If it only had a better range and a reasonable battery price....

... Are there any 3rd party companies that can fit a 10kWh battery into it?

I'd need to take it on the motorway every day, so I need at least 60 miles range at its top speed! C'mon people, make me one, please!! When you consider that the Twizy's mi/kWh is essentially the same as VW's XL1 at 20 times the price, you wonder what ground the XL1 actually broke?

Has anyone here 'hypermiled' a Twizy to figure out its absolute limit of range?
 

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Take a Twizy on the motorway? In winter?

Nah, you're just trolling now Donald :)
Heh! I can't see the difference between that and taking a 125cc bike on the motorway! I guess you're right, I should be thinking of looking for less adventure in my life at this age!! :D
 

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I have a secret interest in the Twizy. I like the sort of 'anti-car' nature of it. If it only had a better range and a reasonable battery price....

... Are there any 3rd party companies that can fit a 10kWh battery into it?

I'd need to take it on the motorway every day, so I need at least 60 miles range at its top speed! C'mon people, make me one, please!! When you consider that the Twizy's mi/kWh is essentially the same as VW's XL1 at 20 times the price, you wonder what ground the XL1 actually broke?

Has anyone here 'hypermiled' a Twizy to figure out its absolute limit of range?
Donald

Under the Renault plan I believe you cannot simply return their battery to them.
 

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Indeed, you'd have to pay the lease for the battery that was removed.

You are aware of the Twizzy's top speed donald?

Maybe better with one of those tasty Zero motorcycles ...
 

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Renault make no provision to return the battery to them but tell you if you don't pay the rental it will be removed at your expense. No one has tried this yet.

There are no third party batteries in the UK and the most likely place for a Twizy battery is Germany however I haven't heard of one yet. However in Norway you purchase the battery and don't rent it.

I do take mine on the Motorway for short sections, however there is noway you would get 60miles from the standard battery at those speeds. I once got 58miles with an estimated total of 62miles out of mine but this was mixed driving and I reckon on a good sunny day 1 up I could get over 60miles range out of it. With sub zero temps, some 2 up and the hills around me my summer 50 miles range drops to 37miles (absolute min recorded).

Remember if you are doing that sort of mileage and renting the battery it is cheaper to have a Zoe as battery rental is less!
Now you see why the Twizy never had a chance.

Not getting rid of mine though!
 

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because the Twizy is not LHD/RHD it would be OK to buy one in Norway. I am not sure if the Twizy get subsidies in Norway but as a non resident I believe is is not allowed anyway.
 

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Is it possible to retrofit doors to the Twizy or are they factory fit? We have one in the showroom that someone is interested in but it does not have doors. I would ring Renault Customer Services but generally get put on hold for quite some time.....
Thanks in advance.
 

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because the Twizy is not LHD/RHD it would be OK to buy one in Norway. I am not sure if the Twizy get subsidies in Norway but as a non resident I believe is is not allowed anyway.
I don't think there are any restrictions on buying cars in Norway, but it would be an import from outside EU, so could be problematic there.
 

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Is it possible to retrofit doors to the Twizy or are they factory fit? We have one in the showroom that someone is interested in but it does not have doors. I would ring Renault Customer Services but generally get put on hold for quite some time.....
Thanks in advance.
Strewth that sums up Renault Customer Service :)

No, doors were factory option only. You might be able to get something else instead, maybe try asking this guy : http://www.twizywindows.co.uk/
 

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@BlackLeaf has answered this. Twizy doors are a factory fit only. There aren't any alternatives, although a French chap has proposed something. He also makes windows and a rack for the back which can carry bikes or boxes and even allows for a roof rack. Breacon Beacon eccovtravel like the doorless ones to hire out.

The doors certainly add a lot to the use ability of the car to carry shopping etc.
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Is it possible to retrofit doors to the Twizy or are they factory fit? We have one in the showroom that someone is interested in but it does not have doors. I would ring Renault Customer Services but generally get put on hold for quite some time.....
Thanks in advance.
 

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Can you buy a Twizy outright or are they all Lease batteries ?
They're all lease batteries.

Don't even ask why. Why would you want a summer car where you are always paying a battery lease even when unused? Why would you even consider thinking £45 pm is a good idea for a battery lease on such a car? The Twizy would sell more if they could be bought outright, but Renault absolutely do not want to do that.
 

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I see - I thought that they would have come around by now - what you say is perfect sense. Makes you wonder whats up with Renault.
 

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I see - I thought that they would have come around by now - what you say is perfect sense. Makes you wonder whats up with Renault.
A French stubbornness. Battery lease is their idea and they're sticking to it - come what may.

Whilst there are some benefits to it, esp for PCP cars, the 'one size fits all' idea of it is their downfall.
 
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